Action initiated against stone-pleters

PULWAMA:  Police have arrested scores of youth all across Pulwama district sending shock waves among parents who have been mulling to stage massive protests in coming days.

“What is the fault of our children? We get phone calls from different police stations of Pulwama who direct us to present their sons before police officials and when we do the same, they detain them,” a group of parents told CNS adding that government armed men have let loose a reign of terror across district.

Reliable sources told CNS that police have started initiating action against those youth who allegedly are responsible for setting a police vehicle on fire in Nayen Batapora area of district Pulwama.

Shortly after the culmination of Nayen Batapora encounter in which a militant and a civilian was killed, agitated protestors had set ablaze an armoured vehicle and had indulged in massive stone-pelting resulting in the injuries of scores of policemen. “We had lodged an FIR vide number 20 and 21/2016 in this regard and after watching the video clips we identified the stone pelters and started arresting them,” said a police official.

“They (police) simply call us and direct us to present our wards in police station and when we do the same they arrest them on charges of stone-pelting. This is injustice and they simply try to prove that they are the rulers of the district,” a group of parents told CNS alleging that police are responsible for turning a stone-pelter into a militant.

Reports said that scores of youth from Naina, Batapora, Kulpora, Khalin, Dogripora have been picked up by police on charges of stone-pelting. “We will stage massive protests in coming days and will highlight the atrocities committed by police in the district,” said a father of an arrested youth.

As usual SSP Pulwama Tajinder Singh told CNS that he is busy in a meeting and can’t comment on the issue. (CNS

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